Check-list: how to know if you really need a humidifier?
Even though we don’t usually consider humidifiers a vital element of our homes, this device is in fact very important. We tend to overlook its value because we rarely blame our health problems, discomfort, and other inconveniences on dry air. But if you take a look at all the issues low humidity can cause, you will definitely start thinking about getting a humidifier. This check-list will help you figure out if you need this device, and how it can make your life better.
How does a humidifier work?
Most modern humidifiers are ultrasonic ones. Such a device has a ceramic diaphragm that vibrates on ultrasonic frequency thus creating a fog that adds moisture to the air. This technology results in a very clean fog that’s free from minerals and other impurities a humidifier or water might contain. However, you still should use distilled water for cleaner air. Also, ultrasonic devices are very silent.
HuPro humidifier is ultrasonic and, therefore, quiet and safe. Additionally, it can measure the level of moisture in the air so that you can make sure your household is humid enough — ideally, the humidity level should be 30-50%. HuPro will also ionize the air for you to make it more clean and healthy.
Why do people use humidifiers?
Obviously, the primary goal of using such devices is to add moisture to the air in the room. Although the reasons why people might want to make their households more humid are different. Some of them would use a humidifier to just feel more comfortable at home while others might get this appliance to improve their health.
We’ve created an extended check-list that contains all the issues a humidifier can solve for you. If you can relate to at least two problems from this list, you definitely should invest in this device.
You wake up or fall asleep with a congested nose
Our bodies constantly produce mucous — a slippery and stringy fluid substance — to keep our mucous membranes moisturized. However, too much mucous is bad too. It results in a congested nose and other issues.
When air is too dry, our respiratory system begins producing more mucous trying to protect the membranes from drying out. We might not notice this extra mucous when we’re going about our day, but once we lie down, we get a congested nose because we stop moving and it gets harder for the body to discharge fluids.
That’s why you might fall asleep or wake up with a stuffed nose. And the problem is in the air that’s too dry. You can help yourself breathe easier by simply using a humidifier to keep the air moisture on a normal level.
You often have nosebleeds
When the air is too dry and your body can’t produce enough mucous to keep your membranes moisturized, the linings dry out, and small cracks appear. That’s how you get a nosebleed — the mucous membrane of your nose became too dry and cracked creating a wound that bleeds. Often nosebleeds caused by dry air come along with a stuffed nose, but some people might experience only one symptom.
Your throat is often sore and the voice is hoarse
When a throat gets too dry, it begins feeling sore. Vocal cords are also prone to drying out, and our voice becomes croaky when they lack moisture. If you often experience throat soreness and issues with your voice, and you don’t have any other symptoms of cold or flu, dry air is most likely the issue.
You have allergies
While a humidifier won’t cure your allergies, it will help you greatly with them. Respiratory allergies often include the runny or stuffed nose, sore throat, sore eyes, and other symptoms that are connected to a lot of mucous or dried out mucous membranes. Air with a normal level of humidity will moisturize your respiratory system easing the symptoms for you. Also, it will stimulate the discharge of mucous that might contain particles that caused allergy in the first place. Thus, the symptoms might fade away faster.
You have issues with your respiratory system
As we have already told above, normally humid air eases breathing as it keeps membranes moisturized and improves the mucous discharge. However, you should use humidifier correctly to not make things worse.
Your skin is often dry and itchy
Naturally, normal skin produces enough oil to stay moisturized and feel comfortable. But when air is too dry, it begins struggling, and you will feel uncomfortable, dry, and itchy even if you don’t have any issues with your skin. If you have such problems, increasing the level of moisture in your home might help.
You often get dermatitis and other skin issues
When air is too dry, the production of skin oil gets messed up and we might get different skin diseases. And while there is no scientific evidence that humidifiers can help with dermatitis, eczema, and other conditions, people who have such issues notice that their skin feels better when the air has a normal level of moisture. So with a humidifier, you will at least feel more comfortable at home.
You noticed a lot of new wrinkles lately
Wrinkles are caused by many factors, and dry air is one of them. It’s vital to moisturize your body from within by drinking water, but it’s also important to keep your surroundings at the normal level of humidity when possible. If you notice that you’re getting a lot of new wrinkles quickly, try using a humidifier, especially when you sleep.
You feel like your skin lacks moisture
Dehydrated skin feels dry but looks oily, and if you have such a condition, you will feel like your skin simply doesn’t have enough moisture in it. Almost every person who lives in a city suffers from dehydrated skin because of polluted air, internal heating systems, air conditioners, and other factors. The simplest thing you can do it to at least keep the air in your household moisturized and clean — your skin will appreciate this.
You have oily skin and/or acne
Most people with oily skin think that they need to dry it somehow to make it less oily, and that’s a completely wrong approach. Skin gets oily because it tries to keep itself moisturized, and you need to moisturize it more to reduce the oiliness. Keeping air humid is the first step to relieving oily skin. But make sure you clean the humidifier often and use distilled water to avoid getting acne or worsening it.
There is a lot of static electricity in your home
Dry air creates more static electricity. So if you feel like everything in your home tries to hit you with electricity, a humidifier might be a solution you need.
Your plants tend to have dry spots on leaves
Plants detect low levels of moisture much faster than us. So if you’re watering your plants regularly, and they’re free from any parasites, but you still see dry spots on leaves — that’s an indicator that air in your home is too dry.
You notice cracks in your wooden floors and furniture
Wooden floor and furniture are beautiful and durable — if you keep them in required conditions, of course. If you see a lot of cracks in relatively new wooden pieces, that’s a sign you need a humidifier.
Paint and wallpapers peel of fast
Dry air makes paint and wallpaper glue dry out quickly, and that’s why freshly painted walls might get cracks fast. While it’s not a direct clue that the level of moisture is too low, you should consider getting a humidifier if this sign comes along with others from this list.
You live in a dry climate
Obviously, you need a humidifier if you live in a dry climate. Just try using it, and you will feel the difference instantly.
You use heating during cold seasons
Heaters dry air out creating an uncomfortable condition for us. If you use heating appliances, don’t forget to turn a humidifier on as well to avoid consequences of low humidity.
You use an air conditioner during the summer
Just like heaters, air conditioners lower the level of moisture. Moreover, if you didn’t change filters in time, your AC will also pollute the air in your house. HuPro humidifier will maintain a normal level of humidity while ionizing and cleaning air as well for you.
There is a wide array of reasons why you might need a humidifier. And the bottom line of our long check-list is that quite everyone can benefit from such a device. This simple appliance will quietly create a healthier and more comfortable household for you. So even if you don’t have any issues from the list (lucky you!), but you’re thinking about getting a humidifier — just get one and see how it improves your daily life.